The Last Will and Testament of
MILES R. PRITCHARD
July 11, 1879-June 13, 1882
In the name of God Amen!
I MILES R. PRITCHARD, being of sound and disposing mind do make publish and declare the following to be my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all wills herebefore made by me.
Item 1: I give and bequeathe to my Daughter ALICE MORGAN Twenty Five Dollars to be paid to her out of any notes or money that may belong to my estate.
Item 2: I give and bequeathe to my Daughter MARY FRANCES RUSSELL Twenty Five Dollars to be paid to her out of any notes or money that may belong to my estate.
Item 3: I give and bequeathe to my Daughter CLARA CARMINIS Twenty Five Dollars to be paid to her out of any notes or money that may belong to my estate.
Item 4: I give and devise to my Son CHARLES MARTIN PRITCHARD the tract of land given to me by my Uncle LEMUEL PRITCHARD in his Last Will, but should my said Son die without leaving lawful issue of his body then and in that case I give the said tract of land to my Son MILES RUFUS PRITCHARD in fee.
Item 5: It is my desire and I hereby request of my Son said CHARLES MARTIN, that, if the land that my Father ISAAC PRITCHARD willed to him in case of the death of his Grand Son MARTIN PRITCHARD without lawful issue of his body should eventually come to him, he will divide the same with his Brother MILES RUFUS by giving to him that part of it known as the Emily Albertson land; but I merely share this as my desire and not in any manner to affect this my Will whether my Son CHARLES M. shall act in account to my wishes in this respect or not.
Item 6: I give and devise to my Son MILES RUFUS PRITCHARD the tract of land that my Father ISAAC PRITCHARD devised to me in his Last Will, the same adjoining the said tract left to me by my Uncle LEMUEL, but if my Son MILES R. PRITCHARD should die without lawful issue of his body then and in that case I give the said land to my Son CHARLES MARTIN PRITCHARD in fee.
Item 7: I give and bequeathe and devise all the rest and residue of my estate of whatever kind to my Two Sons the said CHARLES M. & MILES R. PRITCHARD to be equally divided between them share and share alike, first charging the same with the payment of all my just debts & funeral expenses.
Item 8: I hereby constitute and appoint my Two Sons said CHARLES M. and MILES R. PRITCHARD to be the executors of this my Last Will and Testament. This the 11th day of July, A.D. 1879.
MILES R. PRITCHARD
The foregoing instrument was this day declared by MILES R. PRITCHARD, whose signature is attached to it, to be his Last Will and Testament and at his request and in his presence we hereby sign our names as witnesses to it.
Seth N. Morgan
State of North Carolina
In the Probate Court
June the 13th AD 1882
Before me the undersigned Judge of Probate for Pasquotank County in the said State of North Carolina, this day personally appeared Seth N. Morgan whose name is subscribed to an instrument of writing, as a witness, this day purported as the Last Will and Testament of MILES R. PRITCHARD, decd. Who on oath and examination says that of the request of the testator, MILES R. PRITCHARD and in his presence he and one Asa Jennings, who is now dead, subscribed their names as witness to the said paper writing, he having first signed the same and then and there declaring the same to be his Last Will and Testament for the purposes therein set forth. Further that at the aforesaid time of signing the said paper writing the said Testator was of sound mind and disposing memory. The said Seth N. Morgan further says that he verily believes the name of Asa Jennings subscribed to the said Will is genuine and in his own hand writing he having seen him write his name, and the said signature was written by him in his presence. Also appeared Frank Vaughan, who being duly sworn says that he was well acquainted with the hand writing of the said MILES R. PRITCHARD, from having frequently seen him sign his name and that he has examined the paper writing propounded and verily believes that the signature of MILES R. PRITCHARD thereto attached is in his own hand writing and genuine.
Wherefore, it is considered in the Court that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the Last Will and Testament of MILES R. PRITCHARD, deceased, and the same is hereby ordered to be recorded in Pasquotank County
John Heywood Sawyer
Judge of Probate for
Pasquotank County, N.C.
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)